Friday, July 20, 2012
Alas, he was not so gentle with the dogs or sheep and I believe this was his undoing. From the evidence found at the scene, it would appear he may have picked a fight with his barn companion, a large ewe by the name of Belle. Many times I had seen Goatee challenging Belle and warned him that was not a good idea. I did not foresee that she may finally have enough of his shenanigans and cause him serious harm, as she always regarded him with irritated patience. It seems she must have finally butted him back, in the side, ramming him up against one of the timbers in the barn where he fell and lay still.
We will miss you, Goatee. I will miss your happy, mischievous spirit. I will miss your bleats asking to be let out as you peer through the bars of the barnlot gate watching me work in the yard. I will even miss you escaping from your pen and trotting directly over to the yard, nosing up the gate latch in order to come in and much roses, especially the prettiest and freshest blooms. We will miss your little goat nibbles and gently taking treats from small hands. We were blessed to know you and hope you are now kicking up your heels and dancing in deep clover and fresh rose petals.
Until next time, may we all live so that we are missed after we are gone.
Monday, January 2, 2012
Friday, November 25, 2011
Jordan also installed lights in the small chicken house behind the barn. And just in time for this Buff Orpington hen to move in with her two new babies. Silly hen to hatch little ones this late in the year!
This handsome little rooster is one who a little black banty hen hatched back in June.
Until next time, may your messages of pride not be confused with alarms!
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Until next time, may the outlaws in your life be served with the justice they deserve.
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Einer's mate, Ulrika, was a black Swedish duck. She was a beautiful little hen and had a puffy crest of feathers on the top of her head, like a small, silly hat. She had begun laying eggs, so when she disappeared several days ago, I figured she had located a suitable nesting site. She never chased the dogs, so I hadn't penned her up like Einer. Sadly, on Friday, I found her lifeless little body on the front porch, behind a plant. Not a mark was on her, not a feather out of place, so I am certain the dogs didn't take revenge for Einer's ill deeds, but really have no ideas as to what may have happened to her. And I had begun entertaining hopes of a small flock of Swedish ducks living in the barnyard. Now that Ulrika is gone, Einer seems to be a bit more interested in hanging out with the geese instead of chasing the dogs, but he won't regain his freedom until he decides to stay in the barnyard and leave the dogs in peace.
Headed back toward the barn after a good time splashing, preening, and eating. While they were at first quite resistant to being moved out into the wheat field, my webbed-footed friends enjoyed themselves immensely once they saw the delightful, and unexpected, puddles and feed.
Until next time, may all of your hesitations be replaced with delight.
Friday, July 29, 2011
|Ancona chick, 4 weeks old|
|Black crossbred banty chick, 5 weeks old|
|Speckled Sussex chick, 4 weeks old|
|White Orpington Chick, 4 weeks old|
|Light Brahma chick, 4 weeks old|
|Partridge Cochin chick, 4 weeks old|
|Free hatchery mystery chick, 4 weeks old|
Until next time, may time be kind to your countenance!
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Mortality has seemed fairly high as I have lost a total of 7 chicks, most within the first week. Two of those were the white Cochins I was concerned about and also lost two of the Mille Fleur bantams. The rest were a variety of breeds. The light went out on Tuesday night of this week, which happened to be a night it chilled off somewhat and we got a little rain. I nearly lost one of the Brahma banties then, but was able to get it rewarmed before it was too late.
|Silver Spangled Hamburg|
|Dark Brahma and Silver Spangled Hamburg|
Until next time, may you be blessed with good friends to help through the awkward moments in life!